Legislation establishes a coexistence scheme for the Woomera Prohibited Area (WPA) that provides non-Defence users with greater certainty over Defence activity in the WPA and access arrangements.
The key features of the legislation are:
- access management zones with defined exclusion periods
- permit system
- compliance and enforcement measures including offences and penalties for entering the WPA without permission and for failing to comply with the conditions of a permit, and
- compensation measures which will provide for compensation for acquisition of property interests or loss or damage caused by negligent use of the area for Defence purposes.
Government reviews are conducted periodically to measure the effectiveness of the WPA coexistence framework.
The WPA Advisory Board monitors and reports on the balance of national security and economic interests in the WPA; oversees the implementation of the coexistence policy arrangements; and fosters strategic relationships between Defence and non-Defence users of the WPA.
On 11 October 2019, Defence further demonstrated its commitment to coexistence arrangements by jointly signing the MoU regarding Woomera Prohibited Area Co-existence Arrangements with SA Government
If you have any queries or suggestions on how we can better explain the range management framework, contact the WPA Coordination Office.